Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stopping the oil spill with the Bernoulli's Principle

Since President Obama has never talked with the CEO of BP, and BP have been in charge of stopping the oil spill,things have continue to go from bad to worse, and there have been several great ideas from people not connected with the oil industry, and from some in the fuel section of the military to stop the flow of oil from the Gulf Of Mexico.The only major problem with stopping the spill with conventional methods or ideas by these individuals is the lack of knowledge of the rate of flow of the oil, the pressure from the oil well, pressure of water of the Gulf at the site of the well. Now, there is the Batching pig, which is common knowledge in the oil and fuel industry, and some one from Minnesota just came up with the idea of a hydraulic cap to stop the oil flow, and or control the oil flow to the ship above the spill to capture and refine the oil with with a fuel oil spectator, thus keeping the profit of BP growing.The hydraulic cap again is not a new idea, it is a modification and use of the Bernoulli's Principle, which again is not new to those in fuel and hydraulics....What is the Bernoulli's Principle? As a person who worked as a liquid fuel technician in the military, this is a simple definition of the Bernoulli's Principle: In Fluid dynamics , Bernoulli's principle states that for an Inviscid flow of the fluid occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure or a decrease in the fluid's potential energy. Bernoulli's principle is named after the Dutch-Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli who published his principle in his book Hydrodynamica in 1738. Bernoulli's principle can be applied to various types of fluid flow, resulting in what is loosely denoted as Bernoulli's equation. Fluid particles are subject only to pressure and their own weight. If a fluid is flowing horizontally and along a section of a streamline, where the speed increases it can only be because the fluid on that section has moved from a region of higher pressure to a region of lower pressure; and if its speed decreases, it can only be because it has moved from a region of lower pressure to a region of higher pressure. Consequently, within a fluid flowing horizontally, the highest speed occurs where the pressure is lowest, and the lowest speed occurs where the pressure is highest.In most flows of liquids, and of gases at low Mach number, the mass density of a fluid parcel can be considered to be constant, regardless of pressure variations in the flow. For this reason the fluid in such flows can be considered to be incompressible and these flows can be described as incompressible flow. Bernoulli performed his experiments on liquids and his equation in its original form is valid only for incompressible flow. A common form of Bernoulli's equation, valid at any arbitrary point along a streamline where gravity is constant.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

And They Say There Are No New Business Ideas?

And they say there are no new business ideas? Lady Selling Lemonade on the Beach, (reportedly clearing $250.00 per day)...So who says making money is tough? The jobs are out there! But this is brilliant!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Possible Way to stop the Gulf Oil Spill

As a retired military liquid fuel and maintenance technician I think the young lady, Alia Sabur of Long Island,New York is right on target when she said that she can stop the leak. Sabur proposes surrounding a pipe with deflated automobile tires, inserting it into the leaking riser, and then inflating the wheels to form a seal. She said, "I started thinking of something that goes inside it.
However,The tires might not be able to fully inflate inside the pipe, but the resulting seal would be able to stem the flow of oil and redirect it into a new pipe", she said. Sabur also said a valve in the pipe could be closed to block the oil or open to allow it to flow, presumably to a ship on the surface. Sabur admitted that she's not certain the inflated tires would be enough to hold the new pipe in place. As a former fuel technician I think that a far better idea would be the use of a batching pig, or a series of batching pigs.The first thing to do is cut the oil pipe as close to the sea bed as possible, then using the size of the oil well pipe inside diameter, find, modify, or design a batching pig about one quarter of an inch smaller than the size of the pipe so that it will just fit into the oil pipe, and with the known pressure of the oil well, use opposing force to neutralize or equalize the pressure from the well, push a batching pig down into the pipe with as much force as possible, with pressure greater than the pressure coming from the oil well. Once the pig is into the pipe some distant, fill it with hydraulic concrete, then put a slab of concrete over the pipe, that will withstand the pressure of the well. This is the same principle as the young lady said, except instead of using a tire and inflating it, use a batching pig. I know this worked in the military fuel sections, as well as over land fuel commercial transfer systems. It is a known given that with a series of batching pigs different grades and type of fuel and oil can be sent from Texas to Manhattan in New York city with no leaks or other problems.The basic principle is nothing new to those in the oil industry and the fuel section in the military...

As a footnote, here is a little information about batching pigs:
The UM series are well-built, steel bodied pigs designed for a variety of pipeline applications. General uses include batching, condensation removal, purging or light cleaning. These batching pigs will also traverse pipeline anomalies of up to 25% without damage to the inline auxiliary equipment.